But last night a TV source admitted: "X Factor may maintain a pretence that the show is about talent above all else, but they know better than anyone that viewers demand wacky characters and sob stories
BBC2's Phone Shop Idol, with sob stories
, brutal judges and an "It's bad news you're through
SIMON COWELL (below) said that he had banned sob stories
on the X Factor, yet on Sunday we witnessed the most tragic - teary singer Lola Saunders attends both Newcastle AND Sunderland matches.
Keely Mcswiggan On X Factor in Brum The only thing that annoys me with the X Factor is the sob stories
It's the part where people with wacky costumes, mental problems and sob stories
come to the front.
And I hate to say it but I am bored of sob stories
, but the cliched lines are the worst.
I just hope the ECHO comes back down to earth and gives its readers some proper news and cuts out the Anfield sob stories
I particularly like the sob stories
of the contestants, who break down in tears while discussing their near-death experiences when they went into the washing machine.
We are all constantly bombarded with tales of economic depression and other sob stories
of major airlines around the world.
A young conman is still calling at homes in Huddersfield with sob stories
They rescue one another, swap sob stories
, and Karen decides they should get revenge on those responsible for their woes - she'll zero in on the unctuous middle manager (Steve Coogan) who sacked poor Henry, and he'll drop-kick the wife (Scott Thomas) of the man (Martin Clunes) who thoughtlessly spurned her.
Two white haired old ladies are taking punters for a ride by regaling them with sob stories
on their way into the National Hunt Festival at Cheltenham, police have warned.
I think Bono might need to work a bit on his to work a bit on his sob stories
Many of the defendants offered sob stories
- most common was that they drop off the disabled relative on the way to work and did not realise it was an offence to use the badge when they are not in the car.
The newspapers are full of sob stories
- on a daily basis I find myself just about weeping into my porridge, which I suppose would probably help with the taste, but somehow I manage to stop myself and just get on with my life.